The new Steve’s Station from Anthro has received the Innovation Award in the Technology Support category in the Best of NeoCon Competition 2011. Steve’s Station™ is the newest family of imaging workstations from Anthro, designed as adjustable, ergonomic imaging tables that can be easily shared by multiple users.
Best of NeoCon annually recognizes the most innovative and functional products as judged by leaders in interior design, architecture, and facilities management. Anthro has received this award several times in recent years. “We were excited to present Steve’s Station and honored to be an award winner,” says Jeff McCaffrey, Director of Design and Engineering at Anthro. “Radiology reading rooms present some of the most challenging environments for furniture designers, and solutions must be ergonomically sophisticated yet intuitive and simple to use. This feature-rich workstation addresses all of the radiologists’ needs and many of their wants by offering a full range of adjustability, privacy, lighting, sound absorption and air movement."
Steve’s Station’s single-surface and dual-surface, Steve’s Station Adjusta, are quickly positioned to work comfortably, either sitting or standing. These flexible stations, with a low electric height adjustment at 22.5” to a standing height, and a push-button control on strong legs that give the table a 250-lb lift capacity, have three height memory presets for individual users.
The keyboard surface of the Adjusta stations are gently contoured on the front edge for comfort, and the surface depth supports the entire forearm while using a keyboard or mouse. These features can reduce strain on wrists, elbows, arms, shoulders, and neck to help prevent repetitive motion injuries. The height of the Adjusta station’s back monitor surface is set electrically. A manual adjustment is made to fine-tune the height and tilt of the front keyboard surface.
Steve’s Station’s Monitor Easy Track™ moves forward and back on a smooth 10”-long track set into the shelf. With the squeeze of the handle, the track is positioned, and releasing the handle locks the monitors into place. Flexible positioning allows for custom spacing of displays left to right along the track so they wrap around the user. Integrated cable management organizes power and data cables to protect connections for the entire range of motion of the Monitor Easy Track and the table itself. The system supports up to four monitors; add additional monitors with arms or other options. Compact fans on the work surface circulate the air around those heat-generating displays to achieve ultimate comfort. Flexible gooseneck LED task lights illuminate each side of the work area with a dimmer control, and direct the light as needed.
Optional ambient lighting above the monitor surface provides light behind the monitors, with a manual dimmer to set the right contrast between the images on the displays and the light at the workstation. The light shines on the optional fabric-covered privacy screens that block out visual distractions, with sound-absorbing material to reduce noise for clean, clear dictation. Optional CPU holders move with the workstation, and integrate into the table’s cable management system.
While celebrating the Best of NeoCon honor, Anthro co-founder Cathy Filgas said, “At Anthro, we design and manufacture furniture for technology, and we’ve been studying the specific challenges faced by radiologists for years. The introduction of Steve’s Station represents our commitment to creating adjustable, ergonomic furniture for imaging, and we’re delighted to receive this recognition.”
Anthro Corporation was founded in 1984. Anthro designs, manufactures, and markets furniture only for high tech equipment, and provides solutions for the radiology, healthcare, engineering, business, government, and education environments. Anthro has been recognized as one of Oregon’s Greenest Companies and designs and manufacturers all products in the USA.